November 08, 20181st2nd3rdFinal
Cumberland Univ.2525253
Univ. of Cumberlands1018230
CUTeam StatsUC
.231Hitting Pct..071
108Total Attacks85
Nalovic - 8
KillsJackson - 6
Chapman - 6
Edmonston - 15
AssistsShort - 21
Glassman - 3
Hanger - 18
DigsRoutliffe - 17
Carey - 2
Moeller - 2
Nalovic - 2
BlocksJackson - 4
Koch - 4
Volleyball sweeps Patriots in MSC Tournament
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Volleyball sweeps Patriots in MSC Tournament
Masa Nalovic recorded eight kills in 17 total attacks in CU's sweep over the Cumberlands in the MSC Championships on Thursday. (Credit Ryan Long)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Masa Nalovic paced a balanced attack with eight kills and Ali Hanger posted 18 digs, as Cumberland won its first match in a conference tournament in eight years with a 3-0 victory over the University of the Cumberlands in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Women’s Volleyball Championships on Thursday in Bowling Green, Ky.

The Phoenix (17-17) advance to face sixth-ranked and top-seeded Lindsey Wilson on Friday at Noon CT in the semifinals of the conference tournament at Bowling Green High School.

Cumberland dominated the first two sets, posting 28 kills with just seven errors and held off the Patriots (22-13) in the final set. Mikayla Wickham collected seven kills for CU, Raegan Moeller, Lyssette Serna and Abby Akins recorded six apiece and Sara Glassman and Sadie Edmonston combined for 29 assists in the victory.

Moeller collected three kills, Wickham added one and the duo combined for a block early in the first set. Wickham and Serna added kills and Kara Snell recorded a service ace before a set attack by Edmonston put the Phoenix ahead, 11-5.

Nalovic got in the act with a pair of kills and Glassman tallied a pair of service aces, extending the lead to 15-7. The Patriots registered five errors in the next seven points and Moeller and Akins posted kills for CU. Akins got another kill and a block by Nalovic and Nicole Carey ended the set for the Phoenix, 25-10.

Cumberland began the second set with six errors in the first 12 points, giving the Patriots a 7-5 edge. Nalovic collected three kills in a six-point span and Serna’s spike evened the set at 10.

The Cumberlands then made three straight errors before another service ace by Glassman forced a timeout by the Patriots. Two more errors by UC made it 16-10 Cumberland and kills by Wickham and Moeller gave CU an 18-13 advantage.

Carey, Akins and Nalovic recorded kills on consecutive points and Carey posted two more before Nalovic got the last two for Cumberland in a 25-18 set victory.

Serna and Moeller started the third set with a block and kills by Wickham, Akins and Carey put CU ahead, 6-3. Cumberland maintained the lead with two spikes from Serna, but a block by Ashley Sobocinski and Mackenzie Koch as well as three errors by the Phoenix evened the set at 10.

The Patriots took a 15-13 edge thanks to three errors by the Phoenix along with two kills by Megan Jackson, but CU answered with a kill from Wickham and a service ace by Hanger.

Carey added a kill and a block by Nalovic and Carey along with three errors by the Patriots put Cumberland in front, 21-17. Serna collected a pair of kills for CU, but three spikes from Lily Chapman and one by Koch pulled the Cumberlands within 23-22.

The Patriots knotted the set with a block by Koch and Rebekah Fisher, but Cumberland won the final two points on kills from Wickham and Akins to finish off the match.

The Phoenix face sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson at Noon CT in the semifinals on Friday.